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on 13 March 2001
Hey, stop reading those lines and just buy the DVD. This is the ultimate Prince release. U'll find almost every great songs he wrote & U'll see him play, sing, dance like nobody does. Just imagine "Flashlight" with George Clinton, Prince & Maceo Parker alltogether on stage... U're not dreamin', it's on this DVD.
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on 6 August 2000
this is a nice show with many Prince friends such as Lenny Kravitz which does an amazing guitar work on "American women"; Prince plays everything: guitar; bass; keyboards; percussions... he's the man!it's about 2h13 mns long & it's all good!, from " U got the look" to "1999" , the show contain all " hits"!:"gett off; take me with U; kiss; let's go crazy"...also we've the legendary Maceo Parker ;formely know as James Brown saxophone player!; which does a great job on many tracks like the Jimi Hendrix cover "Red house" for example...and don't forget this nice track too: "Nothing compares to U"! a brillant dvd with excellent quality! this DVD is better than any "greatest hit" cd, because you've got all songs here ! buy it!
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on 5 May 2004
I have been a Prince fan since 1989 and saw him live on the "Diamonds and Pearls", "Act II", and when he came to London with Chaka Khan and Larry Graham to perform one night at "Wembley Arena in September 1998" which was the best live performance I had ever seen. "The One night Alone" tour was good but ultimately disappointing after seeing him on these previous tours.
Prince still holds the title of producing one of the best concert films ever made, "Sign of the Times" which captured the frenetic genius of his showmanship at the Ahoy in Rotterdam.
"Rave to the Joy Fantastic" is a compilation of Prince songs old and new, and those associated artists who he has worked with over the years such as the "The Time" and "George Clinton".
This DVD captures a fraction of Prince's genius, including amazing singing throughout, beautiful guitar work in "Purple Rain" and "Joy in Repetition", funky bass guitar in "Face Down/ Kiss" and some brilliant dancing including the famous splits during "Gett off". Prince is also seen playing the drums which was common during the tours but only captured in "Sign of the times" concert video.
His performance of "American Woman" with Lenny Kravitz is everything the song should have been.
The camera work and sound captures the party atmosphere at a Prince concert but would have been enhanced by a widescreen format. The last performance of "1999" is a bit throwaway as if he could not wait to get rid of performing it.
This video does not have the energy of "Sign of the Times" or "Lovesexy", and for those fans who never saw Prince at his peak during the late 1980's and early 1990's then these videos show him at his best. "Rave to the Joy Fantastic" does have enough of the true Prince flavour to satisfy his older fans and introduce the new ones but will never capture that awesome feeling of seeing him when he really was a one man musical revolution before the confusing name games and Warner Brothers dispute. There is only one Prince.
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on 1 December 2003
All those who knock Prince but heard very few of his songs, watch this. Sure the Purple Rain performance is no where near as good as the film version, but then very few performances by any1 since or before has been. It is still a good version but weighed down by the slightly irritating lenghty intro about God, etc. Nevertheless, just for Kiss (performance of the concert, mixed with P Control), Gett Off (short bt truly amazing), the Blues Medley (how many instruments does he play there?) and American Woman with Lenny Kravitz it is worth it. Still hard to believe everything you hear is created by Prince and the NPG.
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on 18 September 2000
An awesome display of talent and, as always, the best versions of Prince classics; the live recordings. Kravitz is a great addition, despite appearing somewhat overawed by the occasion himself. 2 Kravitz classics are given the 80's Prince funk treatment and Prince as backing vocals.... what higher praise? Larry Graham is funking cool, Maceo Parker shows us how the horn should really be played, Rosie Gaines (lungs like coal sacks!) raises the roof, The Time rock and George Clinton...
All in all an excellent collection of funked-up oldies, great medleys, a spattering of newer tunes and spectacular guest performances.
It ain't about the trippin but the sexuality - TURN IT UP!
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on 6 September 2000
Oh well, where to start. The Artist himself, performs all the major hits, with his usual dose of improvisation, plays about every instrument available on the scene, dances like in the old days, and on top of it all, has the coolest piano I have ever seen !
Then come the guests : Lenny Kravitz - brilliant, what would you expect, Maceo Parker - simply incredible as always, Larry Graham - still surprisingly cool, The Time - very funky indeed, Rosie Gaines - just like in the old days, superb voice and groove,
etc. etc. etc. etc.
This is a maseterpiece of music! At the moment I cannot recall any other live concert, which could match this piece of art! Because we're talking art, done by the real Artists (the one with capital "A" above all. So if you know anything about music, get this one ! And if you don't, get this as well, you might learn something. By the way, 5-stars is not enough for this, 10 would fit better.
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on 15 July 2007
What an amazing performer and entertainer Prince truly is; and this is him at his magical best! Every track is a joy - absolutely no fillers. The pleasure in performing is clear, and Prince's energy takes you through this concert in what seems like minutes.
Add to this performances and collaborations from artists such as Lenny Kravitz and The Time - "What time is it?!" - and this makes up for a Rave to outshine any of the new millenium.
The only downside - I WASN'T THERE!!!
Buy this DVD...You thank me for it!
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on 20 May 2016
Got this DVD today and my feelings turned during watching from happy to sad. Sad about the fact, that this incredible performer, singer, entertainer, musician is no longer with us. But happy about the joyfull performance Prince and his friends and fans celebrated on this night at Paisly Park. Here you can see everything that Prince was about. Thank U man for u'r Music. RIP Prince
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on 12 June 2000
Prince, Tafkap, Symbol, whatever! Maybe 'The Artist' is the correct name, because this DVD is a concentrate of thrilling moments, the way some songs are re-arranged, played and performed makes us understand that any name given is not enough to describe how complete this Artist is! From traditional Prince rock style to funky hip hop, R & B, ballads and whatever, all the way thru' you can't help grooving along! Lenny Kravitz songs with Prince are great, the 'Kiss' version is pounding the rest are sounding! Video quality is superb and the soundtrack is mighty, if you are a fan, this is a 'must buy it' one! Time goes by, and just like a good wine 'The Artist' gets better! I think that just like me many fans would appreciate some more stuff, in DVD format, other past concerts and Videos.
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on 17 August 2016
Well worth getting. Prince may have only been 5' 2", but when he's on stage, everyone else is in his shadow. The energy the man had is nothing short of astounding, and you can really see that he is in his element performing - it's what made him, and his millions of fans worldwide, happy.
My only criticism is that although I know it's a live performance, the sound mix is not great. When he was playing with Lenny Kravitz for example, it's hard to pick out the guitar audio distinctly. I only say that because it's such a buzz to see Prince play guitar!
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